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Driving license

In India, a driving license is an official document that authorizes its holder to operate various types of motor vehicles on highways and some other roads to which the public have access.

A modern photo of the driving license can also serve many of the purposes of an identity card in non-driving contexts such as proof of identity (e.g. when opening a bank account) or proof of age (e.g. when applying for a mobile connection). Whoever wishes to drive a vehicle in India has to have a driving license!

In India, two kinds of driving licenses are issued: learner’s license and permanent license. Learner’s license is valid only for six months. A permanent license can be availed only after the expiry of one month from the date of issuance of the learner’s license.

However, a permanent driving license cannot be received right away. There is a separate process for it.

An individual who wants to drive any type of motor vehicle in India has to get his/her learner’s license first. A learner’s license is issued for learning. After a month of the issued learner’s license, the person has to appear for the test in front of an RTO authority, who upon proper examination, will declare if he/she has passed the exam or not.

The lists of documents required for a driving license are:

  1. Age Proof (any one of the below-given documents)
  2. Birth Certificate.
  3. PAN Card.
  4. Passport.
  5. 10th Class mark sheet.
  6. Transfer certificate from any school for any class with date of birth printed on it.

                         How to apply for DL online

  • Applying for a driving license online is a simple process and involves only a few steps.
  • Go to the official Sarathi website of the Road Transport & Highways Ministry. From the column named “Sarathi Services,” select “New Driving license.”
  • You will be redirected to a new web page, which will have all the details about it. Read through the instructions. Download the form and fill all the required information.
  •  Make payment and book a slot for Online Test at RTO.
  • Report to RTO with your original documents and attempt the online test which comprises of 15 questions(can be easily answered if you have basic knowledge of traffic rules).
  • You will be given a learning license which is valid for 6 months.
  • You can book a slot for driving test after one month and before the validity of learning license.
  • Again report to RPO to give practical test.
  • Pass the test and you will get your driving license within a week through post.
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